Why do you go to church?
Seems like a simple question with a myriad of possible answers but one that must be asked. Why would you wake up on a perfectly good day off and spend an hour or so singing and listening and dozing off in the company of other people you may or may not like?
Noted and accomplished author Walter Brueggemann said in an interview on the 200 Churches podcast that he goes to church to hear the gospel.
Of all the things we might say as reasons to attend church weekly, this one take the prize. We attend church weekly in order to hear the gospel, the good news that by the merits of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection we have been saved and made into the children of God. The good news that in Christ we are being transformed into the image of Jesus and made new every day. This good news is the weekly medicine that we need to counter the anti-gospel messages we are flooded with, whose aim is to steal life rather than give it.
We need to hear the good news of Jesus in our songs we sing, the prayers we pray and the sermon we preach or listen to. We need it more than ever. Come hear it.